Historically-Red Orange County Elects First Indian American Sikh Mayor in Anaheim, First Muslim City Councilwoman in Irvine

Sidhu held a wide margin – with almost 40 percent of the vote – in a race that drew eight candidates.

Indian American Democrat Farrah Khan surfed the ‘Blue Wave’ cresting through the nation, potentially becoming California’s first Muslim city councilwoman Nov. 6.

With 100 percent of ballots counted, the California Secretary of State’s Office reported that Khan was in the second spot for one of two open seats with 11, 913 votes – 14.5 percent. She is ahead of contender Carrie O’Malley by less than 400 votes. Anthony Kuo captured 12,121 votes – just 217 more than Khan – to potentially capture the other seat from a crowded race involving a dozen candidates.

But Aarti Kaushal Chauhan, Khan’s campaign manager, told India-West it was still too early to pop the celebratory corks. The Orange County Registrar of Voters said it still has 418,600 ballots left to count, and “tens of thousands” more still in the mail. Chauhan said the Registrar of Voters has indicated it will declare the winners in the Irvine City Council race on Nov. 9, or it may take additional time. “Farrah doesn’t want to jinx anything,” she said, noting that the candidate is laying low until the race is called.

“We need real, honest leadership. I know I'm tired of the political games and lies,” Khan stated on her Facebook page, days ahead of the election.

Elsewhere in the ‘Orange is the New Blue’ region in Southern California, Harry Sidhu was certified Anaheim, Calif.’s new mayor. Sidhu held a wide margin – with almost 40 percent of the vote – in a race that drew eight candidates.

“I want to thank my family, my supporters, and, most importantly, the Anaheim community for taking the time to cast your vote for me and the vision we share together for Anaheim’s future. I am honored and thrilled to lead the charge in unifying our city once again,” said Sidhu in his victory speech.

“The residents of Anaheim know that it’s time to move past the divisiveness and get back to working with all residents, businesses, and workforce that make Anaheim what it is today. We must return to the understanding that we only succeed when we all succeed. For Anaheim to thrive, we must work together and that starts anew today,” he said.

The National Sikh Campaign sent out a congratulatory message. “We would like to congratulate Harry Singh Sidhu on becoming the next Mayor of Anaheim, of the largest cities in California,” said the organization in a Nov. 8 press statement.

“It is incredibly exciting to see Mr. Sidhu, a Sikh, become Mayor of such a large and diverse city. I look forward to engaging with him on issues that impact Sikhs in Anaheim, and the larger Orange County region,” said Jas Sajjan, Director of Public Policy for the National Sikh Campaign.

Once sworn in, Sidhu will be one of the few Indian American Sikh mayors in the United States, which includes Mayor Ravinder Singh Bhalla of Hoboken, New Jersey; and Mayor Preet Didbal of Yuba City, Calif.

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